As we look to our Lord, He helps us look in three directions taking us to a place of trust and hope in Him. We look back. We remember what God has already helped us through, and how He moved in our lives in greater ways than anticipated. We see how we have grown in the Lord and the freedom we now have in areas where we were bound.
We look within. We allow the Spirit of Christ to bring light to every area in need of healing. We humbly face ourselves, confront in order to conquer, and walk in freedom. What doesn’t match our divine identity is examined. We increase in the knowledge of who we are in Christ, and who Christ is in us: the hope of glory. We look forward. He brings a new perspective day-by-day. We look ahead with full confidence knowing our paths are shining brighter and brighter. What God has prepared for us is so much greater than what we could ask or think!
When the future appears cloudy, let’s look again. We have victory in our past. We are being renewed inwardly day-by-day and we rejoice in the glory that will be manifested in our future. We have hope, surety in our steps, and most of all confidence of complete deliverance out of any trial we might face from glory to glory!
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
To help us draw nigh unto God we can visualize reaching for His hand. It helps us to take-hold of His reality. Like a child whose hand is stretched forth to a parent seeking leading, guidance and comfort–we seek His hand at all times.
We seek Him the most when we know we can’t take a step without Him. Through humility and total surrender we reach into our hearts, and reach out to His grace and mercy. Many things can hinder our efforts. What we hold in our hands may need to be released. Perhaps we need to stop trying to grab hold of something or someone else. It may also be our fears and insecurities that prevent us from reaching forth boldly and wholly.
As we walk with the Lord we realize we need His guidance with every step—great or small. Trial or no trial, we desire to hold His hand. Holding His hand brings comfort when in sorrow and peace when at war. It brings safety and rest in every moment. We seek after Him because we love Him so and find He looks for us to reach out to Him from glory to glory!
Psalms 77:2 “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.”
It is when we are drawing nigh unto God that battles come causing us to draw away from the things of God. Our adversary sees us drawing closer and closer to the Lord and wants to move us from that deep place of intimacy.
Lies the enemy speaks to us are to draw us away from our closeness with the Lord, and they are attached to a no need to declarative statement. It’s the enemy’s list of all the things we don’t need to do when we are in the midst of a trial: go to church; read and study The Word; rest in the Lord; pray; worship and many many more. Yet, it is the opposite that is true. In those times, drawing nigh unto the Lord is what we need to do more than any other thing because it’s only in His presence that we find peace and joy.
The greater the battle, the more we are to seek and remain in a face-to-face encounter with our Lord. We draw nigh unto Him with our whole heart. Even in situations where we can’t seem to find the time for prayer and worship, we can trust God sees the longing of our hearts and blesses us with His presence. It’s about quality, not quantity. Whenever there is anything pulling us back, let’s move towards our Lord, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 7:19 “…for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”
When we seek first the kingdom of God, everything else falls into place. In our past, we spent nights worrying about things that the Lord faithfully handled in unexpected ways. Now, we are taking no thought for tomorrow. This doesn’t relate to everyday thinking, but to thoughts of worry filled with anxiety.
To worry about tomorrow brings fear in our today. The Lord is with us yesterday, today and forever. It helps to remember the times in our yesterday when we had concerns about a situation, and recall what the Lord did in and through the challenges we faced. We understand our lives looking backwards. Looking forward, we understand our lives are in God’s hands. Someone once said, “Worrying is like being in a rocking chair going back and forth, but going nowhere.” One minute we trust things are going to be ok, the next minute we fret and question our destiny. When we shift our focus to today by looking unto the Lord and praising Him, we remove the worry and cares for our tomorrow.
Instead of wondering how things are going to turn out, we trust God is going to work all things together for our good. God has provided, and He will continue to provide us with better than expected! He is concerned about everything that concerns us. He loves us and watches over every little thing. He is so faithful! We rest in His hands, from glory to glory!
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Are we expecting the abundance of life Jesus came to give us? Have disappointments diminished the fervency of our prayers? Do we find ourselves hesitating to still believe for something because it’s taking longer than we anticipated? Do we still believe, but for only a little rather than all of the manifestation? Whatever our answer is, God is increasing our faith for such a time as this!
Our expectations are to be for much more than what we can ask or even think. For example, someone praying for their marriage to be in harmony, not only expects they will get along better, but visualizes a second honeymoon! Another praying for their child to be delivered from drug addiction believes for them, not to just be free, but to minister to others who are bound. A sickness is not believed to improve a little bit, but to be completely gone! A job search will end in the best position, not the least. A test to pass will result in a grade within the maximum range, not the minimum. Elijah did not just hear it was going to rain, but heard the abundance of it. What are we hearing?
Our prayers can be fervent because surely they avail much for God’s will to be done! The Word of God we hear, we can stand upon. We pray and never give up. We can count on the abundance of what He promises in His Word. We stand by faith, expecting God’s best, from glory to glory!
1 Kings 18:41 “Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’ ’’
As we discover the new creation we have in Christ, we find the Lord giving new life to us so we can walk in who He created us to be. Parts of our self may be hidden under scars we received from various woundings. If we express who we are now, others make fun of us and we end up feeling rejected. This rejection will cause us to reject that part of us as well, and we may keep it hidden.
The Holy Spirit revives individual talents and attributes we were given when we were created as He leads us into our purpose. For example, a man may enjoy cooking, a woman may like to work on cars or any talent that is uncommon and unaccepted by peers. They grew up trying to be somebody else. This man will therefore learn to fix cars and this woman will take care of the cooking, laying aside their God given talents. We might have become what we were not trying to be, allowing others to define us by their expectations. This can result in years of therapy as we learn to identify this stranger, how we got here and who we really are. Only in Christ do we receive total freedom as we hear His truth about ourselves. Areas that were hidden open up in our process of transformation.
Another area of liberty comes in the expression of our hearts. Our sense of humor, joy and dance in our steps come forth as we learn we are not only accepted in the Lord but uniquely and wonderfully made. No one is alike; each one so special and free to be, from glory to glory!
John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”